When it comes to the economics in virtual worlds, few men are as
competent about the subject as EVE Online's Dr. Gudmundsson (Dr. E).
This former professor of economics has been working as a part of the
EVE Online team for nearly a year, and at this year's Leipzig Games
Convention he sat down with Ten Ton Hammer's Garrett Fuller to discuss
the future of economics in EVE Online and virtual worlds in general.
With this level of growth, CCP implemented the CSM,
Council of Stellar
Management to give players a democratic voice with EVE developers. Dr.
E explained in our interview that meeting with the council is one of
his favorite things in working on EVE. The players are always ahead of
the curve, Dr. E explained and they continue to surprise designers with
ideas and game play. The Council and developers keep a close eye on the
economy and trading to assure it is a free market which the doctor says
matches most competitative free markets in reality. As examples he
explained that once a game design change was put onto the test server,
nothing was spoken of it officially to players. The player base
discovered the change on the test server and instantly in game the
markets reacted to the change, even though it had not been implemented
into the regular EVE space.
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